Gribbin Head Daymark is located on a headland to the west of the Fowey estuary on the southern coast of Cornwall.
The headland separates the River Fowey from St Austell Bay. The daymark was built to distinguish the headland from Dodman Point and St Anthony’s Head in Falmouth. The beacon aids navigation into Fowey and St Austell Bay.
The square tower has never been lit. It is 26 metres tall and was built in 1832 by Trinity House ‘for the safety of commerce and the preservation of mariners’.
Gribbin Head Daymark has 109 steps and has red and white bands painted to make it a prominent daymark.
Landowner William Rashleigh of Menabilly leased the land to Trinity House. He hoped the beacon would be an “ornament to my grounds”. The Menabilly estate was built for the Rashleigh family. Later Menabilly became home to author Daphne du Maurier who leased the house from the Rashleigh family.
Gribbin Headland was acquired by the National Trust in 1967. In 1998 the daymark was acquired with funding from the Fowey River and Coast Appeal and a bequest from Miss H Miller.
The South West Coast Path passes Gribbin Head, and the tower is sometimes open to the public.
The tower featured in the first episode of the BBC Series The Coroner, starring Claire Goose. In “First Love”, A teenager is found dead at the foot of the tower.